12 Trips In 12 Months: How I Achieved It In 2016

edinburgh castle

For those of you who read my blog regularly you will know that I set myself the challenge of being out of the country at least once a month and I am happy to report that this was achieved in 2016. I had such a fantastic year when it comes to travelling, not just outside of England, but within it as well. Here’s a rundown of how my year looked:

January

Out of England: Morocco

Technically this trip was across both December 2015 and January 2016 because I spent New Year in Morroco. This was my first solo travel experience, and the first time I had joined a trip with strangers. You can read more about my trip here and more about what I learnt about solo travel here.

February

Out of England: Edinburgh, Scotland

I have been meaning to go to Edinburgh for ages so a last minute decision to book trains and a hostel meant that I headed up there for two nights. This was my first completely solo adventure and it was so refreshing and left me falling in love with the beautiful city. You can read more about my 48 hours in the city right here.

Malta fishing village

March

Out of England: Malta

Easter weekend fell at the end of March this year which meant that I was left with four days off work and a trip I knew I needed to take. I left the location to my friend and we ended up spending four days in Malta. The island is beautiful and we even had a little bit of sunshine. Find out why I loved Malta so much here.

April

In England: Whitby, Yorkshire

For my first within the country break, myself and a friend went for an overnight stay in Whitby with dreams of vampire chasing and spooky graveyards. Whitby itself is a beautiful, peaceful city and one I’d love to go back to again. Here’s what happened when I spent 24 hours there.

Out of England: Paris, France

I first went to Paris for New Year about seven years’ ago and have been itching to go back again and 2016 marked that year. There’s so much to do across the city from The Louvre and Notre Dame to The Eiffel Tower. I split my trip across two posts so click here to read more about my first two days, and click here to read more about my final two days.

morocco

May

In England: Walcot, Lincolnshire

It’s slowly becoming a bank holiday tradition for me and my friends to head to a cottage or somewhere in the middle of the countryside and unwind and this year was no different. We headed to Walcot in Lincolnshire for a weekend of eating, drinking, water fights, long walks and quad biking. Read more about my trip right here.

Out of England: Copenhagen, Denmark

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am in love with the Danish capital of Copenhagen and I headed back for a quick overnight stay in May to explore the city some more, see the bits which I loved last time, and make a trip to Sephora *oops*. You can read more about my trip here.

In England: Leeds and Birmingham

Across the later May bank holiday I headed to two dates of Slamdunk Music Festival to both Leeds and Birmingham. The weekend was incredible and I got to see a lot of new bands and great music. You can read more about the festival here.

June

Out of England: Frankfurt/ Gottingen/ Nuremberg, Germany

I headed to Germany for this summers’ Rock Im Park Festival flying into Frankfurt, going to my friends’ in Gottingen and then travelling to Nuremberg for the festival. The actual festival itself was great but the overall weekend was a bit stressful with a lot of travelling so I’ll definitely need to plan more next time. You can read more about my trip here.

In England: Donnington and Glastonbury

June was the year for festivals’ and saw me hit up Download and Glastonbury. Download was actually a really great weekend of music despite all the heavy rain dubbing the festival the name Drownload. You can find out more about what I saw and the weekend here. Glastonbury was a complete mud fest but still my favourite festival in the world, read more about my weekend here.

1 world trade centre

July

Out of England: New York, America

New York was my big holiday of the year and set to be most amazing trip starting with Warped Tour which is something I’ve wanted to go to since I was a kid, through to my whole weeks worth of plans around sights/ attractions, food and of course Sephora shopping. I had an amazing time and did pretty much everything I set out to do (and I was ambitious). Check out photo diaries part 1 and part 2.

August

Out of England: Edinburgh, Scotland

After having so much fun in Edinburgh last time I decided to take my parents along to the city. We had three days in Edinburgh and it was perfect for what we wanted to do. We repeated some bits I had done such as The Castle, Holyrood House and The Gin Distillery but we also did some additional things such as The Zoo, The Scotch Whisky Experience and The Royal Brittania Yacht. Find out more about my returning trip here.

In England: Chelmsford and Reading

My final two festivals of the summer were V held in Chelmsford and Reading Festival. Both were very fun although musicially they were worlds apart. V was a chance for me to channel my inner pop princess and dance around like a goon while Reading was a great chance to see one of my favourite bands (Biffy Clyro) alongside checking out some awesome new music. You can read about my pop weekend here, or my day at Reading here.

budapest parliament

September

Out of England: Budapest, Hungary

My trip to Budapest two years’ ago didn’t show me much of the city as after seven people tried to get ready  in one bathroom coupled with two heavy nights out the city wasn’t explored much. This time round I spent three days in the city with my best friend during what seemed like a mini heat wave – it was so bloody warm and I hadn’t packed appropriate clothing fr this – but we had a fantastic three days. You can read more about what I got up to here.

October

Out of England: Disneyland Paris, France

For the second time in 2016 I headed to Paris but this time my priorities were different as I was heading to Disneyland to spend a day soaking up their Halloween festivities. The main goals were to meet Jack Skellington and to explore all the pumpkin filled halloween areas, both of which we achieved. You can see what Disneyland was like at Halloween here.

Tivoli 14

November

Out of England: Copenhagen, Denmark

In November I went to Copenhagen to spend a single day in the city across the last weekend of the month. The main reason for this was to experience their amusement park Tivoli in full Christmas spirit and see what the cities like at this time of the year. You can find out how my day went and how it looked at Christmas here.

December

Out of England: Geneva, Switzerland

For my final trip of the year I spent three days in Geneva with three of my friends and it was absolutely blooming freezing, I really wasn’t expecting it to be quite as bad as it was. We explored Christmas markets, ate so much cheese and chocolate fondue (not together) and got a really good feel for the city. You can find out more about my trip here.

December 21, 2016
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26 Comments

  • Reply Hannah Latoya Bond

    Wow, you’ve been to some great places this year. Travelling can be very fun x

    December 21, 2016 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Mellissa Williams

    You’ve been to a lot of places this year like me. I’ve taken 19 flights! I am so jealous of your NY trip. Was that your favourite place?

    December 21, 2016 at 11:21 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I would have to say NY has to be my favourite, but excluding that probably Budapest or Paris x

      December 21, 2016 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Agata @BarkTime

    Wow; this is an impressive selection of lovely trips during the year. I hope 2017 brings you even more travel.

    December 21, 2016 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    So many amazing trips both in and out of the UK. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in 2017 x

    December 21, 2016 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    I think it is incredible that you have been able to go on so many trips in one year! I would love to go to Malta!

    December 22, 2016 at 1:46 am
  • Reply Emma Matthews

    So many trips! I miss New York so much, it was a fantastic holiday x

    December 22, 2016 at 7:36 am
  • Reply Claire @ Country Mouse Claire

    Well done! This is my plan for 2018 – in 2017 I’ll be saving for it all!

    December 22, 2016 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    What a wonderful year of traveling, and I am right jealous! I would so love to be able to travel so much, what a wonderful year you have had x

    December 22, 2016 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply Jodie Whitham

    Wow, I’m so incredibly jealous of your year of travelling. Not been abroad since 2014, so hope that 2017 is the year. Nice to see you’ve been to some lovely places in the UK too. Love Whitby and Edinburgh too! Would love to go to Geneva, Copenhagen, and since visiting vising St Goars and Munich,I’d love to see more of Germany x

    December 22, 2016 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply The London Mum

    Great achievement managing to do something at least once a month!

    December 22, 2016 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply Lilinha Espindula

    WOW! You’ve had such a fantastic year, I love travelling too! 🙂

    December 22, 2016 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply Zoë IKIWN

    What an incredible year for travelling you’ve had, and to some amazing places! I only travelled within the UK this year, but I did just come back from Edinburgh today – I took a photo of the castle from a very similar spot to yours too! x

    December 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Laura

    What a fantastic year you’ve had and so many great memories to look back on! I’ve travelled to Mauritius, Turkey and Dubai so far this year and some UK places in between xxx

    December 23, 2016 at 5:03 am
  • Reply Jemma Andrew-Adiamah

    Oh wow! I would love to do this, but perhaps not very practical with a toddler in tow.

    December 23, 2016 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Kumbearxo

    Wow every month that’s pretty impressive I could never afford it! How do you save up for going away I would love to get some tips. And how do you manage it alongside work I work full time and I just can’t see how I could do this but it’s something I wouldn’t looooove to do!

    December 23, 2016 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Amelia Larsen

    And I thought I’d done well with 5 holidays this year! Jealous! I’d love to visit some of theses places.

    December 23, 2016 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Dena Jayne

    Wow, what an amazing thing to achieved! Your lucky to have been able to do this!! xo

    December 24, 2016 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    Wow you’ve been on some amazing trips this year! x

    December 24, 2016 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    Oh well done you, I did the same challenge and visited 23 countries which was totally awesome.

    December 25, 2016 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    You really have been out and about and seen some great places. I want to go to Disney Land!!!!

    December 25, 2016 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply Angela Milnes

    wow you surely have been to some amazing places this year. I hope 2017 is just as exciting. Thanks for sharing.

    December 27, 2016 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Daniella Keating

    It looks like you have been some lovely places this year.

    December 28, 2016 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Alice Megan

    Wow such a busy year and so inspiring too, I’ve never thought about solo travel but reading about your adventures has made me consider it for myself this year!

    January 2, 2017 at 6:53 pm
  • Reply corporatedad

    Love Copenhagen. Been in the Summer where it was gorgeous but would love to go at Christmas and see Tivoli Gardens and celebrations. What does this year entail to beat the last?

    January 3, 2017 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Kacie

    That’s a lot of travelling. I hope to travel more over the next few months too!

    August 8, 2017 at 9:42 am
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